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  • Hello All,

    I’ve just been handed the task of upgrading a WordPress site currently running 4.2.1. I have very little knowledge about wordpress but have worked with computers and linux based systems for some time.

    I managed to get the network access setup for my server so that now at least I can see a notification that there is an update to 5.4.1 available and I should “Please update now”.

    I have a couple of questions first.

    1. How likely is the system to automatically upgrade from 4.2.1 to 5.4.1, and
    2. If I do a backup from 4.2.1, will this restore into 5.4.1, and
    3. What’s the best way to do a backup. Is all I have to do go to Tools.. Export?

    Many thanks in advance.

    Cheers,
    Very Newbie Chris.

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  • Hello Chris,

    1. How likely is the system to automatically upgrade from 4.2.1 to 5.4.1, and

    Provided you can see the update notification on your dashboard you’ll be able to upgrade automatically or manually. Learn more from this Kinsta article: restoring WordPress from backup.

    2. If I do a backup from 4.2.1, will this restore into 5.4.1

    Yes, you can manually choose to restore only files like your database, code, images, themes, and plugins excluding the WordPress core files from restore since you want to keep using the new version.

    3. What’s the best way to do a backup. Is all I have to do go to Tools.. Export?

    There are two ways of backing up your WordPress site by using a backup plugin or by doing it manually. However, since you’re new I would recommend you use a plugin. If you would like to do a manual backup please consider taking a look at this tutorial How to manually backup your WordPress site.

    I hope this answers your question.

    Best.

    • This reply was modified 3 months, 1 week ago by tarhe.
    • This reply was modified 3 months, 1 week ago by tarhe.

    Hello tarhe,

    thanks for the detailed response. I shall look at those backup plugins and then give the upgrade a try over the next few days.

    Cheers,
    Chris.

    Great! feel free to post back if you have any other question.

    Best,

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